Pollyanna Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #765
Ranked #18,234
3.87 | pDev: 9.56%
Pollyanna Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Very Good
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Unknown vintage; drank 9/7/15 @ the Yarchives.

See-through yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE white head; frothy lace.

Lemon, wheat & dandelion notes in the nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Lemon flavor up front; dry wheat finish. A basic, sessionable APA. Decent.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden straw with little carbonation. A thin, white head. Leabves good lacing.
Goid citrus hop smell with malt.
Goid, bitter, citrus hop with very little malt presence. I like it.
Crisp mouthfeel, crushable.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: crisp, floral hops, balanced by malt, dry finish, . Semi sweet and floral hop nose. Golden hue, mostly clear, white foamy head and webbed lattice. Medium body. Solid. 45 IBUs

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Photo of Isoruku
2.49/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

bsWish I had read the label more closely before buying. The tipoff that this is an unpleasant-to-drink pale ale is that it's brewed by Pollyanna in Lemont - another brewery that produces mediocre and even just plain bad beers. I've been to the brewery once and was asked by the bartender what I thought of their IPA once I had a taste. I said that it was harsh at the finish, and he asked me repeatedly what I meant by "the finish" (hint: it kinda means the aftertaste). At any rate, Mazzie APA presents one's palate with a collision of incompatible flavors (sharp citrus and an undefinable dishwater taste) that leave one wanting a Ritz cracker to cleanse the taste buds. Skip this one.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2018-02-03 in Lemont, IL at the brewery

A - Clear gold white head

S - Citrus. Mild earthy spice.

T - Citrus flesh, lemon grass spice. Little malt. Mildly bitter and very dry

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

O - Tasty but I like more malt in my APAs.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass is a hazy yellow body floating a thin, disappating white head and leaves a whispy lacing.
Citrus aroma catches my nose and I immediately know this is different. Light malt sweetness supports the aroma.
Flavor is piney hops, slight citrus, and a hint of oat nuttiness. Well balanced.
Mouthfeel is light, clean with a tinge of resin.
Overall put this in the golf bag for a fine all day drinker this spring/summer.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another brewery from Chicagoland that I never heard of. Now, they are growing out of the suburbs... and this one is a small struggling one. Indirect proof that craft brewing is becoming part of community redevelopment... and enjoyment.

As for the beer... I was impressed. I saved this while I tried and re-tasted more known beers. I demoted Mazzie to having it with some chips and a hot habanero salsa. But with one taste, I knew this was a much better crafted beer and I should not blow it off with salsa that was too hot.

While it looks like a typical APA and smells like one also (although the citrus is atypical), the taste was surprisingly balanced with a complex, smooth malt bill. Mouthfeel was not prickly, allowing the malt to keep coming into play.

Recommended. I will Have this again. And try it as I did... with a build your own six-pack.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Mazzie is a solid offering and rivals most well-know session IPAs. This beer pours yellow in color with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is not overpowering but there is a definite presence of bitter citrus and pine. The taste is fairly evenly balanced...starts bitter then finishes sweet and comes off the pallet clean. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is quite nice.

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Photo of Prager62
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up by a gracious beer loving friend recently. There's no date stamped on the can, pouring this in my 13oz. snifter for a taste drive.

Look- Pours a sparkling gold leaving a thin finger of white foam that quickly settles to a thin ring.

Smell- Mild passionfruit, mango, some butyl and grain.

Taste- Passionfruit, mango, and a little grapefruit. There are some floral notes and malt in the finish.

Feel- Resiny, semi bitter and dry.

Overall- Big and pretty bold hop flavor for a 5.4% abv. pale ale. A nice 'session' ale for those seeking their hop fix without the bigger alcohol bite. It may not be Zombie Dust, but it is another solid beer from Pollyanna.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, no canned on date present. My first beer from Pollyanna Brewing Company, acquired a single can of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a crisp, bright, hazed golden orange body. Appears adequately carbonated, with two big thick frothy fingers of soapy white head. Leaves some thin wispy bubbly lacing behind. Looks good for the style.

S - Aromas of fresh, fruity, floral hops, paired with a lovely honeyed malt backbone. Very fresh, piney, sappy, earthy, & herbal. Smells delicious.

T - Taste follows the nose: fresh fruity / floral hops and a lots of good balancing bready caramel malts. Notes of stone fruits, earth, & pine. Very delicious stuff.

M - Extremely smooth, crisp, & clean. Creamy & easy-drinking. Mildly bitter / resinous / pine on the finish. Extremely crisp and sessionable stuff.

Overall, a delicious first beer to me from Pollyanna Brewing. An excellent take on the style, especially good when caught fresh. Would love to have more of this.

Pollyanna Brewing Mazzie American Pale Ale -----4/5.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy looking pale ale with a decent head. Floral hops with what seems to be a slight spice note in there. Easy drinking, not as much complexity as I would have liked perhaps but goes down well enough.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Yellow-orange highly carbonated body, veneer of head and decent lace is left. Smell has some diacetyl, apple and pineapple (both vibrant), cereal grain. The butter mixed with the fruit is not a good combo. Tastes like buttered corn on the cob with some fruit undertones, piney finish. Creamy mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation.
Must've been the weird malt choices that sent this one awry. Eliminate the butter aspect and this would've been good, but as it was it was underpowered in the hop aspect, and generally flawed.

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Photo of laketang
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured deep straw with reducing head to a ring

malt and pine , pungency notes as well.

I get some bitterness but not too much, but get big grapefruit presence and pine.

carbonation on tongue is medium and grapefruit finish is present

good beer with not much sweetness, i'll try again

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Photo of barnzy78
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can, no apparent freshness date
A - thin, foamy white head holds good retention at atop a hazed pale golden colored ale
S - fresh aroma with lemony citrus, passion fruit, cracked wheat, grapefruit, and mango
T - different pale ale here: you can taste the wheat and oats, which are kind of nutty but give it a nice unique maltiness; hops are refreshing with passion fruit, grapefruit and lemon
M - smooth and creamy with extra help from the oats, moderate carbonation, finishes well balanced and fairly clean and modestly bitter
O - I love this beer's uniqueness. The malt bill really helps keep it from being like many other modern APA's. I'd get this again; it's very refreshing and flavorful.

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Photo of Drank
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty solid APA. Good aroma and flavor. Balance is pretty good too. However, there are lots of good APAs available today, so the bar is quite high to deliver something memorable.

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Photo of BeerBrose
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pale mellow yellow, very light and translucent. frothy white head that dissipates quickly. little lacing.

Smell: pleasant mild floral hops, light fruit aroma and a grassy citrus.

Taste: Sweet light malt, a bit of chewy oat but not too heavy of an oat presence. Pine, and light acidic fruit. Very well balanced. Beautiful west coast body and hop with an unmistakable midwest twist of pine/grass/oat.

Feel: Light bodied and finished with a small amount of bitterness.

Overall: Super drinkable! I would love to have this in my fridge on a regular basis.

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Mazzie from Pollyanna Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 107 ratings